With that knowledge in mind, I sat down to tie up a few bug's last night. In particular, to restock my Marabou caddis population and some smallish (#12) black and chartreuse bead woolly buggers which are good small stream - and big stream bug's in these parts.
Like most fly tiers, I like to put my own twists on bugs. It's hard to see on the bugger, but that's a combo of peacock ice dub and black opossum dubbing. After I "finish" the fly I rough it up real well with a velcro covered Popsicle stick. Give's it some subtle flash... and the bright bead gives it a nice little "hot spot" for fish to key in on. Works well with pink, orange, chart., and plain metal beads... But really, it works because it's a bugger... And buggers and all their variants work. It's really pretty darn amazing... I mean, what wont eat a bugger? Salt water, fresh water... Brackish... big fish, little fish... EVERYTHING eats buggers!
Here's my marabou caddis. It's 4-6~ strands of marabou twisted round the tag of thread and palmered up the body. Some grouse or partridge and a scruffy brown dubbed head... dead drift or swing and it's a really good fly!
Just a different view. I'm convinced the scruffiness and the "flowy" nature of the palmered marabou are what make this fly "click".
Last, and most important... The sign of a nice evening :). We moved over 10 years ago, and some how my procrastinating self has never figured out a better option than keeping my tying stuff in a bunch of bins, and then just taking what I want to the kitchen and tying at the island. Thus, I use part of a box as a "base" so I dont get glues/CCG/marker or other stuff all over the island. Easy cleaning too - just pick up my tools and materials, walk the cardboard to the trash, slide the scrap into the trash and put it all away...
I think because it works, I just have not "found" the time or effort needed to create a "spot" that I use all the time...
Have a great week!